We would like to thank everyone who attended our third annual musical adaptation. This year we had 18 consumers perform a variety of songs from Disney's Mary Poppins. We are so proud of their accomplishment and the hard work that each one did in learning the music and in some cases dances. Songs included The Perfect Nanny, A Spoonful of Sugar, Jolly Holiday, Supercalifragulisticexpialidocious, Stay Awake, I Love to Laugh, Feed the Birds, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Step in Time, and Let's Go Fly a Kite.
If you would like to see the photo album from our performance please visit our Facebook page by clicking here :Mary Poppins Photo Album
The 5th annual disAbilities Expo was held on May 10, 2014 at the War Memorial Coliseum. This year there were over 90 exhibitors making this the one-stop resource event for individuals with disabilities. Throughout the day providers were available to answer questions regarding their services and products while fun and entertaining events took place throughout the hall.
Thank you to all of our music and recreation therapist and behavior consultants who assisted with this years Expo. Throughout the day various local, regional, and national companies representing a variety of serves and products were on hand to answer questions related to resources to enhance ones quality of life. Several events occurred in the Sports Center which included the Turnstone Flyers Wheelchair Basketball and Power Soccer. On the main stage the Jesters performed an excerpt from an original work "Horse Tales." Additional albums from the Expo events which have been posted on FBS page include Zot Artz, Dazzlers Cheerleading, Handicap This!, and Premiere Dance Performances
An accomplished artist, Dwayne has combined his passion for arts, mechanics, and disabilities to make art accessible to everyone. Zot Artz started in 1990 with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. Zot Artz provides a unique way for individuals with disabilities to have the opportunity to participate in the " painting wheelchair" along with many other adaptive tools.
Winners of the 2014 U.S. Finals Special Needs Division, the Whitley County Dazzlers (Columbia City) return to the disabilities Expo with their award-winning routine.
Changing the way you think about disabilities is at the heart of Mike Berkson and Tim Wamback's work. Mike, born with cerebral palsy, is smart quick witted and wise beyond is 20-somethign years. Tim meet Mike when he became his aide more than 10 years ago and the two have been together ever since. In 2010 Handicap This! stage performance was born which chronicles Mike and Tim's friendship.
The Soul Brothers and Souls Sisters performed at this years disAbilities Expo.
The AWS Foundation is hosting the 5th annual disAbilities Expo on Saturday, May 10 from 10am - 4pm. Not only will you find plentiful resources at the Expo, you'll also enjoy the talents of individuals with many exceptional abilities.
On May 16, 2014 FBS will be hosting their 3rd annual musical adaptation of Mary Poppins. In order to account for the number of consumers who would like to participate in the performance there will be two shows. All of our individuals have been working extremely hard to learn the lyrics and in some cases dances to the different songs. Signed interpretation will be available to those with hearing impairments.
May 16, 2014
When: Concert A 5:15pm Concert B 7pm
Where: Peace United Church of Christ
9123 Aboite Center Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Admission for both performances is free but donations for this years DSANI Buddy walk and Autism Acceptance Walk will be accepted. We hop to see you there!
We would like to thank all of our therapists, behavior consultants, intern, family members, and clients who participated in this years walk. In August several of our therapist helped to raise money for Special Olympics in Indiana by participating in the Color Me Rad 5K. Therapists Cristin O'Brien (Team Captain), Amanda Umphres, Karen Bauthier, Bryan Zimmerman, and Ethan Pickett participated in this event.
In September FBS participated in this years Walk Now For Autism Speaks raising money and awareness for those with Autism. The event started out with a resource fair where areas providers could answer questions about their services and how they could help those with autism. FBS was part of the resource fair with the assistance of Ryan Wood, Frank Mikulski, Cristin O'Brien, Maurizio Emanuele, Kaitlin Clancey, Matthew Zelt, Heather Palmer, Shaun Geise, Ron Roeble, Sean Sumner, Amanda Umphres, Ethan Pickett, and Karen Bauthier. Following the resource fair was the walk in which Team Ferraro walked alongside with other teams to spread the word for Autism. The FBS walk team included Heather Palmer (Team Captain), Ron Roeble, Amber Tierney, Ethan Pickett, Heather Follis, Sean Sumner, Karen Bauthier, Amanda Umphres, Katilin Clancey, Delaney Raker, Jeff Stachera, John Swinehart, and Maurizio Emanuele.
In October despite the rain over 1,000 people turned up to participate in DSANI's 15th annual Buddy Walk. This year a resource fair was held which provided information on case management and other waiver services. Several local dance groups including the Souls Sisters, Soul Brothers, Mad Ants dancers, IFPW cheerleaders, and Jesters participated in the event. Heather Palmer volunteered to take pictures for DSANI and the entire Buddy Walk album can be found on DSANI and FBS Facebook pages. In addition FBS had their largest walk team to date which included Heather Palmer (Team Captain), Darah Jones, Molly Gladfelter, Kaitlin Clancey, Maurizio Emanuele, Anna Wamhoff, Rebecca Laminson, Amanda Umphres, Alex Hutchins, Heather Follis, Jake Newhard, Jillian Meyer, Lori Schweyer, Martha Winchell, and Delany Raker.
Photos from our events can be found on our Facebook Page. We are looking forward to next years walks!
Ferraro Behavior Services has registered for Color Me Rad and you should too!
This 5K run will leave you looking like part of the rainbow for weeks to come. Part of the proceeds from this event will go towards Special Olympics in Indiana. If you would like to help with this event you may sign up as a runner or you can volunteer your services during the event and be part of the bomb squad team.
Here's your chance to join FBS for the ride of your sweet young life: FBS just signed up for Color Me Rad Fort Wayne on Saturday, August 24, 2013 in the 08:30 AM wave or any additional wave since this one is now full , and FBS WANT YOU IN on the colorful mayhem!
Join my team by going HERE and entering:
Team Name: Ferraro Behavior Services, LLC
Captain's Last Name: O'Brien
When: August 24, 2013
Where: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
The color bombs start at 8am and go off every 5 minutes until the race has ended.
You'll thank me for it when you're still trying to get color out of your nostrils 2 weeks after the race.
Our clients had the opportunity to sing along with a live orchestra while experiencing live theater. We will continue to add photos to our blog. Due to the size of some of the photos they will have to be edited to shrink the size down in order to be viewed on the blog. Please check back if your child is not up yet as they will be added. Also we would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions so that we can continue to make this the best experience possible for you and your loved. ones.
Thank you from the Music Therapists at Ferraro Behavior Services
IF I CAN'T LOVE HER
Information courtesy of IPFW
June 17 & 18 in Fort Wayne
Working with People with Autism Disorders
The diagnosis of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is at an all-time high throughout the U.S., including northeast Indiana. On June 17 and 18, IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne) will host two workshops on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The first workshop will be focused on strategies and information for educators. The second will be focused on resources and information for the family, including Waivers and insurance and parent self care.
Introduction to Working with People with Autism Disorders
6:30 to 9:00 pm
2101 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
Introduction to Working with People with Autism Disorders
Family & Caregiver Night
6:30 to 9:00 pm
2101 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
Each workshop is $15, with a light dinner included. To register or for questions, contact Personal and Professional Development at LearnNow@ipfw.edu or 260-481-6619.
We would like to thank everyone who came out to the 4th annual disAbilities Expo on May 11 where there were nearly 100 exhibits to provide information and services for individuals with disabilities. Performances, fashion shows, and sporting events were hosted throughout the day showcasing area groups that focus on providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in a variety of events and experiences.
Special guest this year included Sam Schmidt (former Indy race car driver), Mark Wellman (adventure athlete and motivational speaker), AMP 1 (national team of amputees playing stand-up basket ball. In addition area mascots from our local Fort Wayne teams including the Fort Wayne Komets and Mad Ants. Premiere Dance's very own Soul Brothers and recently developed Soul Sisters dance group each performed throughout the day.
We would like to thank everyone for attending and we hope to see you next year at the 5th annual disAbilites expo
The Association for Indiana Music Therapy shared with us today that: Indianapolis, IN - Governor Mike Pence today vetoed HEA 1242 requiring licenses for diabetes educators and SEA 273, which created a license requirement for anesthesiologist assistants and dietitians, as well as state certification for music therapists.
“Lower taxes and less regulation, including fewer licensing requirements, will mean more jobs for Hoosiers,” said Pence. “I am vetoing these licensing bills because I believe they create barriers to the marketplace for Hoosiers and restrict competition.”
Over the last ten years, licensing has exploded in Indiana. In 2004 approximately 340,000 Hoosiers held a professional license. Today there are more than 470,000, representing a 38 percent increase. Indiana’s population has increased seven percent in that same time period.
“I have been willing to sign licensing legislation that opens new opportunities for employment or streamlines existing practices and procedures, and I will continue to do so,” said Pence. “However, the bills that I am vetoing today do not meet that standard.”
In this session, Governor Pence proposed restructuring the existing Regulated Occupation Evaluation Committee to reduce artificial barriers to employment. The new ERASER Committee would have helped reform licensing in Indiana by performing a “sunrise” review of new occupational license legislation. Further, it would have established a process to automatically sunset unnecessary licenses, permits and certifications.
“I will continue to work with members of the General Assembly as we pursue efforts to reduce red tape and reform licensing in Indiana, because less regulation will mean more jobs for Hoosiers,” said Pence.
We have been instructed to contact to voice our concerns and disappointment with this decision.
Director of Constituent Services for Governor Mike Pence
As a waiver provider we will continue to guarantee that all music therapists employed at our agency are board certified music therapist, not only because it is a 460 IAC requirement but because it is imperative that music therapy services be offered by a trained and experienced professional.